Keep Calm and Green Show On
By Jay Hoppe, Staff Writer
The heat is rising in southern Oregon with summer just around the corner, which means students are moving out, looking for work, taking summer classes, or all of the above. The Survival Guide to Summer Term by Keith Proctor is highly recommended for those who are planning to attend summer term, which can be found on The Siskiyou’s website here. Business aside, what else is there for people to look forward this summer?
In addition to Shakespeare and other theatrical performances, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival also offers a free outdoor “Green Show” six nights a week (Tuesday through Sunday) at 6:45pm from June all the way to October. Drawing audience sizes of 600 to 1200 for years, and this year the Green Show and OSF will be celebrating their 80th anniversary with shows reflecting Oregon spirit, partnerships with Oregon arts programs, and some former company members returning for shows. With artists from China, Taiwan, and Iceland, spectacular fire juggling and aerial silks and unique acts from all around the country, you can expect all kinds of talent at the Green Show (located at OSF’s Courtyard Stage on the bricks between the Allen Elizabethan Theatre and the Bowmer Stage).
Originally, from 1996 until 2007, the Green Show consisted of Elizabethan music and dancers; three shows in rotation inspired by the plays showing in the Allen Elizabethan Theatre. Terra Nova Consort supplied live music, accompanied by other guest musicians, while Dance Kaleidoscope provided modern dances. However, in 2008, the Green Show was revamped. Now performers may include a dance group from Mexico or India, clowns doing ballet on stilts, jugglers, or a fire show. Even OSF actors are welcome to showcase their musical talents.
The Green Show is also proud to support a selective and award-winning volunteer education program for local students during the summer months. Students who volunteer will help set-up, run, and strike Green Show performances, receive lessons from OSF employees and theatre practitioners, and are given the opportunity to see plays.
For a look at some of this season’s shows, visit their YouTube playlist: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLQj1k-BmYkxoCbQIUV-FQYkN_1SQHf_8A
Keep up with Green Show on Facebook and check out this year’s schedule:
Miss the opening night of the Green Show? Never fear! We have a video clip for you. https://youtu.be/ZSTTAFjEN5Q
Don’t forget to share your Green Show experience on Twitter & Instagram #OSFGreenShow
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